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Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’

 

I was so unsure about picking this one up off the nurseryman’s sales table last year. Yet it turned out to be one of my favourite plants of the summer. And now it’s back, better than ever.

 

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Callistemon

 

Suddenly colour is everywhere. The boldest, brashest colour of the season.

 

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Peony (variety unknown)

 

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Rhododendron

 

Love them or loathe them, I’ve inherited rhododendrons. I prefer them at this stage, just opening out, before they become blowsy and overblown.

 

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Astrantia major

 

Better.

 

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Nectaroscordum siculum

 

With the tall wands of the Nectaroscordum soaring up behind it.

 

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Cornus canadensis

 

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Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Album’

Ophiopogon makes a good contrast. Such a useful plant.

 

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 Ophiopogon and Ornithogalum

It looks good with the Star of Bethlehem too.

 

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Chives

The herb garden is not to be outdone.

 

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Bluebells and Red Campion

While the Devon banks alongside the drive provide a colourful display of wildflowers.

 

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Iris setosa Baby Blue and Geum ‘Lemon Drops’

This month’s purchase was another Iris.

 

And it’s back to blue for the finale.

 

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 I make no apology for including the bluebells here again, they really are spectacular this year.

 

Here are two shots of them that you won’t have seen before:

 

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 From the top end of the woodland..

 

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..down to the river.

 

I can’t claim any credit for the bluebell display. It is just here. Marvellous.

 

 

 

Linking to Carol and Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens, where you will find other May bloomers from around the world.

 

 

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102 Comments

  1. Chloris May 15, 2014 at 7:54 am - Reply

    I am so envious of your bluebell wood, it is wonderful.
    I love your Geum. Your peony looks like Paonia officinalis to me. Once you have peonies you have them for ever.
    Do you have many rhoddies? They are gaudy but rather gorgeous. I wish I could grow them

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      I need to move that peony, which it won’t like. But it is growing in a strange bed about 4 ins wide right up against the house wall. It’s difficult to tell how many rhoddies because they are growing in a huge multicoloured clump at the end of the lawn, planted far too close together. You can see part of it on the homepage slider… the deer is nibbling one! I want to move them and give them more space, I was told they are in pots but I’m sure they’ve broken out of those by now. There will need to be some serious renovation pruning, if you can do that with a rhododendron.

  2. Joanne May 15, 2014 at 8:04 am - Reply

    I love them all, your photos are always so good. I am every so slightly getting to like Geums. it might prove to be an never-ending collection.

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 6:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks Joanne. The Geums have me totally hooked, it’s rare to leave a spring plant fair without one. Some take a year or so to bed in, and then take off!

  3. Jayne Hill May 15, 2014 at 8:14 am - Reply

    What a lovely display and thank you for naming that geranium, you’ve possibly identified something in the cottage garden that has lost its label. Your blooms are (not surprisingly) much further along than ours, I’m still waiting for the Geum, Iris, et al.

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      I’m told the geranium is quite a spreader. It hasn’t been for me, so far, but I am now giving it the evil eye whenever I pass it by. It’s pretty though.

  4. Jane and Lance Hattatt May 15, 2014 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Hello:

    You very clearly, as this post shows, have an eye for rather special and unusual forms of perennial some of which are known to us from our Herefordshire gardening days, where the alkaline soil very largely prevented the growing of rhododendrons, and others, such as the very attractive Geum ‘Lemon Drops’, which are completely new. Cornus canadensis we love but it always struggled with us.

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      I collect plants first and foremost and then try to make an attractive garden display with them. I tend to go for simple, smaller flowers which has made the border look a bit dotty. It needs more variety in places. The Cornus is about to be swamped by the ongoing march of the Lily of the Valley. As soon as it has finished flowering I will rescue it!
      This is the first garden I’ve ever had that has soil on the acid side of neutral. A whole new toy box.

  5. Christina May 15, 2014 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Some real gems there! But the bluebell wood is the part I love the best – wonderful.

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      Thanks Christina. I am so pleased with the bluebell wood this year. Must remember to collect seed and spread them around a bit.

  6. Jenny May 15, 2014 at 9:12 am - Reply

    I have no problems with more bluebell pictures, I love them. The rest are looking good too, the Ophiopogon does make an excellent contrast.

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      I use the black grass a lot, it shows off so many other plants to good advantage. I tried it with snowdrops where I thought it would look spectacular, but the pheasant ate all the snowdrop flower heads!

  7. Anny May 15, 2014 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Glad to see you back. I’m drooling over those flowers, but the chives I love – reminds me of the little pot I have that survives year in, year out completely neglected and still nonchalantly producing those little purply heads – gorgeous.

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      They are so elegant aren’t they, it’s a shame the whole plant sprawls after flowering. Well mine do anyway. Thanks Anny, it’s good to be back!

  8. Sigrun May 15, 2014 at 11:08 am - Reply

    The Geum is beautiful, I’ve baught three diverent at saturday and still no place for it!

    Sigrun

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      I am exactly the same. I buy far too many plants that I like and then have a problem finding the right place!

  9. wherefivevalleysmeet May 15, 2014 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Dear Jessica – May is such a lovely time in the garden everything is fresh, green and colourful. When I see plants that others have such as your pretty Geum ‘Lemon Drops’ I wonder why I do not grow it myself? But I have actually given up introducing new plants to the garden apart from the annuals and seeds that I grow myself. It takes us all of our time just to maintain what we have.

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      The Geum is a great plant as it requires very little maintenance. Perhaps divide it every two or three years or it gets a bit bare in the middle and flowering slows down. But in return it provides excellent ground cover and so actually saves you work. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it..

  10. Jacqueline May 15, 2014 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    Beautiful Jessica ….. you have such a variety of plants ….. our garden is North facing, so we are a little limited although we seem to manage to grow quite a few things. I have just shown a few photos of my garden and, as the front of the house faces South, our David Austin St. Swithuns is a picture.
    Also, you are so much further ahead than us here in the Shires….. must be a lot warmer where you are. XXXX

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      It is swings and roundabouts I’m sure, no roses out here yet although it seems to be a good year as they all have plenty of flower buds. I will be over for a look at yours. The David Austin roses are my favourites.

  11. Jo May 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Some gorgeous plants there, but my favourites are the Totally Tangerine geum, love the name too, and the astrantia.

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 7:38 pm - Reply

      I think I am becoming as obsessed about astrantias as Geums. There is another plant fair at Rosemoor this weekend. Oh dear..

  12. Crafty Gardener May 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous blooms. This is my favourite time of the year … plants are growing and blooming but haven’t become floppy and droopy.

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      Me too. The change in the last week has been quite staggering. A perfect combination of sunshine and rain.

  13. countrysidetales May 15, 2014 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Excellent! You’re back 🙂 Lovely flowery pics as always. Our tangerine has been brilliant this year too.

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 7:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks CT. I think your Tangerine was a good two weeks ahead of mine. Perhaps because this one is partially in shade.

  14. Pauline May 15, 2014 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Your bluebell wood is so beautiful, don’t apologise for showing it again!. Your Geum is stunning, I’m not surprised you like it so much. I tried to introduce Cornus canadensis to the woodland here but without success unfortunately, maybe we aren’t acid enough!

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 7:46 pm - Reply

      We are only just acid. I put my original C. canadensis in the wood and it did nothing at all so I concluded that it needed more sun. It’s now in a bed, under one of the acers, that has sun until about noon and it’s romping away.

  15. LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD May 15, 2014 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    I was looking forward to your post for bloom day and you certainly did not disappoint me. So many beautiful blooms and everything looking lush and lovely. I have made another note to myself to go look at the Geums at one of our local nurseries. My garden is behind yours with Geraniums just budding out and only the smaller iris starting to bloom. Very cool weather after our warm weekend so we’er able to enjoy this first stage without the heat rushing it. Anyone who has the good fortune to have a bluebell wood is allowed to show as many pictures of it as she likes. For Americans, it is one the quintessential images of England. Your whole property is so lovely, I really enjoy the wider garden shots. Also I think I need to make a map like yours for readers as I always find them helpful. Hope the computer is cured!

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      Thanks Linda. After your dreadful winter I can understand the garden wanting to take a while to wake up. Bluebell woods are beautiful but so very fleeting. Give it a week and I will be complaining about the ground elder again and everything else that needs doing!

  16. Dorothy Borders May 15, 2014 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful variety of blooms you have. It’s a great pleasure to visit your May garden. Happy Bloom Day!

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 9:54 pm - Reply

      Thank you Dorothy. I can’t believe we’re half way through May already. It’s the month I want to hold on to most.

  17. Anna May 15, 2014 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    I paused and pondered over geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ last year at the Southport Flower Show and lived to regret my procrastination when I left empty handed. A must for this year! I like your ophiopogon/ornithogalum combo.

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 9:56 pm - Reply

      I thought the colour would be difficult to place, and it is. But it’s so beautiful you find a way. Go for it!

  18. John going gently May 15, 2014 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Red campion!
    I’ve been wracking my brains trying to remember that flower!

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      It seeds everywhere John. Once you have it, you’ll always have it.

  19. CJ May 15, 2014 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Beautiful. Chives and peonies here too. The bluebells are utterly breathtaking, there’s always something so enchanting about a bluebell wood. Hope you have a good weekend. CJ xx

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      The scent is so lovely too. You too CJ.
      Talk of a visit to Slimbridge coming up.. can’t wait, ages since I’ve been!

  20. Antoinette May 15, 2014 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Lovely photos! The bluebells are absolutely wonderful! Lucky you :-)!
    We have a large field of cowslips in early spring and then in the same area a carpet of white & pink cyclamen in the autumn — like you nothing to do with us; it’s just there 🙂
    My philadelphus and the roses are in full bloom now; as is the acacia tree which is attracting all the bees.

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 10:03 pm - Reply

      You are definitely ahead of us, although the first of the roses could be any day. Your field sounds wonderful!

  21. Sarah May 15, 2014 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Your pictures are gorgeous and the larger size really brings your lovely flowers to life! I love the colour of your geum. Sarah x

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 10:06 pm - Reply

      It’s a stunning colour isn’t it? I have some smaller ones that are similar in tone, but nothing like as striking.

  22. Virginia May 15, 2014 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Glad your computer problems are overcome Jessica. I missed my journeys into your garden! It is certainly looking colourful, and a tribute to your efforts.

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      I hope they are overcome. It’s a shame because we had a lot of rain while I was computer less, so I didn’t get as much gardening done as I would have liked. The weeds kept growing though! Thanks Virginia.

  23. Mark and Gaz May 15, 2014 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Lovely blooms and colours! The pink lot is my favourite 🙂

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 10:13 pm - Reply

      One thing is for sure, you can’t overlook the pink ones!

  24. wherethejourneytakesme May 15, 2014 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Hi Jessica – gorgeous pictures. I love this time of year when everything is bursting into life. I too have a Peony to move but keep putting it off in case I lose it.

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm - Reply

      I think I may well lose this one. It has so little soil that I wouldn’t mind betting it’s embedded itself into the cob wall. A little bit of root disturbance may be involved!

  25. Suzanne May 15, 2014 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Your computer back in business I see. I really like that tangerine geum. I had a verbascum in those shades. I think it was called ” sorbet”. It petered out after five years or so. I think I will look for your germ over here.
    There are so many red peonies, maybe yours is Karl Rosenfield, or ” many happy returns”?
    Nice photos as always.

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 10:19 pm - Reply

      The peony fades very quickly to a nice soft pink and it’s quite frilly. I thought at one point it was Sarah Bernhardt, but I guess the early red/deep pink stage rules that out.

  26. Anne May 15, 2014 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    Lovely pictures, the gardens are certainly blooming. Off to Chelsea next week, a ??th birthday present from a very good friend. Can’t wait. L Anne x

    • Jessica May 15, 2014 at 10:47 pm - Reply

      Chelsea will be brilliant, it’s years since I’ve been and would love to go again. Have a really good time. And take lots of pictures!

  27. Amy at love made my home May 15, 2014 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    So lovely to see what is growing in your garden! The peony is beautiful and so is the geum. xx

    • Jessica May 16, 2014 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      Hi Amy, the combination of sun and rain has got everything growing. I can’t keep up!

  28. nataliescarberry May 16, 2014 at 3:11 am - Reply

    So many lovelies. Thanks for sharing them! Blessings, Natalie :))

    • Jessica May 16, 2014 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks Natalie. No roses yet though, I envy you those!

  29. Dorothy May 16, 2014 at 6:34 am - Reply

    You have some very nice colors for Bloom Day. The peony is beautiful! I especially like the woodland area with the bluebells. So much beauty to behold in the month of May!

    • Jessica May 16, 2014 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      The bluebells are the last fling for the woodland really. The leaf canopy has already taken over so it won’t do much for the rest of the year. I make the most of it while I can! In the fullness of time I want to thin out some of the trees, let more light in, then maybe I can do more with it.

  30. Sue@GLAllotments May 16, 2014 at 9:22 am - Reply

    How great to have your very own bluebell wood. I don;t think you can ever do a bluebell wood justice on a photo. Callistemons just look too exotic for our gardens don’t they?

    • Jessica May 16, 2014 at 9:49 pm - Reply

      The bluebells were much harder to photograph than I thought they would be. You see a sea of blue and expect it to replicate itself on the photograph, but it doesn’t. In the end we discovered that shade works best. Sunlight bleached out the colour too much.
      The Callistemon is in a pot. But I used to have one planted out in the garden further north from where we are now.. they are hardier than they look!

  31. Em May 16, 2014 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Everything looks utterly gorgeous. Not so much colour here, but the dry shade border is looking pretty good with the hardy geraniums and Solomon’s Seal. Love that Tangerine Geum!

    • Jessica May 16, 2014 at 9:54 pm - Reply

      I love Solomon’s Seal. There’s quite a bit of it in the wood, I hope it spreads itself around. Hope you had a good birthday.. the 50’s are not all that bad! x

  32. Linda May 16, 2014 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Hi Jessica….
    Love those bluebells!
    Is that a flowering dogwood there?
    I just adore your collection of perennials, and nothing beats the hardworking Peony♥️
    I have 3 in my home garden….all from my Mom’s garden….love them!
    Our weather is topsy turvy….humid….rainy…and now cooler for the weekend…
    We are celebrating Queen Victorias birthday, our first long weekend of the “summer” season…..
    Enjoy your weekend…
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

    • Jessica May 16, 2014 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      It’s related to the flowering dogwood but not a tree, only a few inches high! Excellent ground cover.
      Have a wonderful long weekend.

  33. snowbird May 16, 2014 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    What a fab collection you have there….and the bluebell wood sets it all off….wow, fancy having your very own wood!!! Rather green eyed I am.xxx

    • Jessica May 16, 2014 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      Only a tiny wood, not big enough to get lost in!

  34. islandthreads May 16, 2014 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    lovely May blooms Jessica, your bluebell wood is beautiful, and they look like they are real English bluebells, Frances

    • Jessica May 16, 2014 at 10:06 pm - Reply

      In the wood, yes they are. The previous owners planted an awful lot of the Spanish ones, gradually I’ll replace them all with the English variety but the Spanish do not go down without a fight!

  35. Simone May 16, 2014 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    You have the most beautiful garden Jessica! Pick it up and carry it to Chelsea!

    • Jessica May 16, 2014 at 10:06 pm - Reply

      Maybe in ten years.. x

  36. Denise May 16, 2014 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    All I know of a bluebell wood is from the movie Howard’s End. I thought the movie was exaggerating! Love the geums but they fade away in my dryish soil. Time to consider babying them in pots.

    • Jessica May 16, 2014 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      Hi Denise and welcome to rusty duck!
      It will be a while before our bluebell wood looks like a movie, but if I collect the seed and spread it around for a few years who knows? It was only 20 or so deg C today and uncomfortable enough for gardening. I can’t imagine what it must be like for you. I hope the summer gets kinder.

  37. SeagullSuzie May 17, 2014 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Love geum Lemon Drops, I’ll have to look out for that one. I love this time of year in the garden, a chance to see what’s going to do well and not so well after winter.

    • Jessica May 17, 2014 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      It’s a great time for planting too, if you’ve been left with gaps. I’m finding that with all our rain my new additions need the summer to get themselves established. Autumn plantings just drown!

  38. elaine May 17, 2014 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Lovely pictures of your late spring flower collection – and the bluebell wood is to die for.

    • Jessica May 17, 2014 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      Thanks Elaine. The bluebells are even better today it seems. When I was down there earlier there was a woodpecker hammering on a trunk just a few feet away from me, magical. And a couple of days ago I saw an owl. I hope it was after mice!

  39. The Rosegarden in Malevik May 17, 2014 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    just Lovely 🙂
    and do not miss

    SATURDAY SHOW OFF

    it is FUN 🙂
    Welcome
    The Roseman

    • Jessica May 17, 2014 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      Hello Roseman and welcome to rusty duck.
      Your roses are lovely.. lots of buds here too now, it won’t be long!

  40. welshhillsagain May 17, 2014 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    It’s all fabulous but the bluebells are just stunning. Is the woodland yours? Lucky you if so!

    • Jessica May 17, 2014 at 8:26 pm - Reply

      Hi Elizabeth. Yes, it’s ours. It was one of the main reasons I fell for the property. As with much else around here it has seen better times and needs a lot of work but for two weeks of the year it’s all worth it!

  41. Helene May 18, 2014 at 2:43 am - Reply

    Oh, your callistemon is lovely, I am still waiting for my first ever flowers – after 2 years I am a bit annoyed, some nurseries are very good at informing when to expect flowers, other are rubbish (even deliberately ‘forget’ it perhaps?) and for some plants it might take many years – as I have seen here. I have a Callistemon rigidus, which one do you have and how long/how big before you got flowers?

    Your bluebells are a sight! You are so fortunate to have them – or be the custodians I suppose would be better to say 🙂

    • Jessica May 18, 2014 at 10:22 am - Reply

      This Callistemon is a bit of an oddity. My mother bought it several years ago as a standard in a pot, already in flower. The label doesn’t specify which variety it is. It’s completely bare on one side because unfortunately she left it against a wall in a conservatory and never turned it. Last year I tried pruning it rather radically to try to improve the shape. It’s sent out a lot of new shoots, although all still to one side annoyingly, and only two flowers this year. I am wondering if it only flowers on old wood?
      I am hopelessly behind with blog reading but will be over to see your garden. I bet it looks gorgeous!

  42. woolythymes May 18, 2014 at 2:44 am - Reply

    you really have cornered a little bit of heaven…..beautiful!!!

    • Jessica May 18, 2014 at 10:24 am - Reply

      Even the weather is beautiful at the moment. Not for long though.

  43. Leanne May 18, 2014 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Hey Jessica,

    I have the same Geum in my garden. I picked it up in a sale at my local garden centre last year. I have dug it up and moved it twice, and it just carries on thriving. It is looking gorgeous this year. Your bluebell wood is beautiful. Lucky girl.
    Leannexx

    • Jessica May 18, 2014 at 11:18 pm - Reply

      It’s good to know that the Geum is happy to move.. it’s an essential requirement in this garden!

  44. Jay May 19, 2014 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Such pretty flowers, your garden must be full of colour. I’m quite a fan of rhododendrons, I’ve just planted a new one and aim to get more (they’re a bit expensive to buy several all at once!)

    • Jessica May 19, 2014 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jay. They are very expensive.
      Be careful where you put them as some do get quite big. Ours really need to be moved. I’ve got a perfect spot in mind, but it might be a bit easier said than done!

  45. knitsofacto May 19, 2014 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    The orange geums are flowering here too, they make the garden look like it’s smiling I always think, no idea of the variety we planted though. And we have astrantia as well. But oh how I would love to own a bluebell wood!

    • Jessica May 19, 2014 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      The bluebells have had a fantastic year. I hope this means they’ll produce lots of seed that I can spread around a bit.

  46. Jane@hoehoegrow May 19, 2014 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Wow! your very own bluebell wood … how cool is that !! You have lots of luvverly plants, Jessica. I am especially interested in a new one, to me, which is Nectaroscordum, is it easy or does it have special requirements ?

    • Jessica May 19, 2014 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      It’s a bulb in the allium family and very easy. Having said that though I had nine last year but this year only three. Possibly the winter wet got them, or those damn mice!

  47. Rosie May 19, 2014 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    All your blooms are lovely but those bluebells are stunning and you have captured their blue so well in your photos:)

    • Jessica May 19, 2014 at 9:32 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rosie. It was a real challenge to get that blue. The colour is best when the sun goes in!

  48. John May 19, 2014 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    The bluebells are wonderful. Are they normally the english bluebells or are the spanish as strong growing in England as they are here? I try to give the english bluebells their own space but the spanish are pretty expansive. What is interesting to me is that our own virginia bluebells do the same kind of rampant growth through the local woods that you show in your pictures.

    • Jessica May 19, 2014 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      In ancient woodlands it is still the English bluebells. The Spanish have been widely introduced into gardens, here included, and so these days there are many hybrids appearing. I am on a mission to eradicate everything but the pure English in the garden but it’s a long hard job. There are so many of them and they seem virtually indestructible. Not even the mice or the squirrels eat them!

  49. Linda@arichtapestry May 20, 2014 at 7:30 am - Reply

    How lovely to have your own bluebell wood, Jessica! (We inherited the Spanish variety and I feel guilty that they’re growing in our garden, but it seems drastic to get rid of them). There are far too many of the ordinary red variety of peony, too. Lovely when they bloom as at present, but taking up a lot of space. As always your photos are so clear and helpfully named for someone like me who is learning about plants.

    • Jessica May 20, 2014 at 8:58 am - Reply

      Don’t feel guilty Linda. It is only because here the two varieties are growing in such close proximity that I feel I need to get rid of the Spanish. There are so many hybrids appearing already, which are themselves more vigorous than the English, it seems the best way forward to protect the original species. I don’t want them to go the same way as the red squirrels!

  50. Denise May 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Awesome! I have been thinking about our garden today – must shift my ample backside into action!

    • Jessica May 20, 2014 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      Ours is waterlogged again. Please send sun!

  51. Natalie May 22, 2014 at 3:47 am - Reply

    You do have some unique, gorgeous plants in your garden. My mother loved bluebells and was disappointed they didn’t grow in Canada (at least not where we were living!)

    • Jessica May 22, 2014 at 9:39 am - Reply

      Thanks Natalie. They’ve had a really good year. Last year and the previous they were rather sparse.

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